PML-N calls on ECP to review its decision over Askari selection as interim CM Punjab



ISLAMABAD, June 7 (TNS): Rejecting appointment of Dr Hassan Askari as caretaker Punjab chief minister, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Thursday called on the Election Commission of Pakistan to review its decision.

In a press conference held hours after the ECP chose Dr Askari for the interim slot, PML-N leaders voiced their reservations over selection of Dr Hassan Askari as caretaker Punjab chief minister.

Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that Dr Askari’s appointment as the caretaker Punjab CM would cast doubt over transparency in the upcoming general election.

Abbasi, accompanied by Saad Rafique, Ahsan Iqbal, Khurram Dastgir, Rana Sanaullah among other party leaders, said Dr Askari was an ardent critic of the PML-N and that his partiality was evident in the views he expressed in his articles and news programmes.

“It is unfortunate that the ECP chose [Askari for the position]. The PML-N will reject the election results if he is made caretaker chief minister of Punjab,” he said.

The former prime minister, brandishing an article penned down by Askari years ago, said that his articles show his partiality against the PML-N.

Abbasi lamented that the names proposed by the PML-N for the caretaker Punjab CM slot were of individuals with good reputation whose neutrality was well-established.